Guests were in high spirits, rooting on their teams as they gathered at the Missouri Athletic Club in downtown St. Louis for the 34th annual Army versus Navy football game celebration. Guests brought toys for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Campaign and enjoyed lunch, drinks and camaraderie before the kickoff. From both sides came the guests, including guest of honor Maj. Shawn Williams and WWII veteran Eugene Ganz. The game went back and forth, but the Navy Midshipmen pulled it out with a final score of 17-13.
“Thirty-four years ago, seven of us gathered in the basement of a small establishment, to watch the Army vs. Navy football game, which is the oldest collegiate rivalry in the nation," founder and chairman Jim Nauman says. "All seven of us have been blessed and wanted to give back to our community. The United States Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Campaign was the perfect fit, and the rest is history ... Today the St. Louis annual Army versus Navy football game celebration has grown into an ‘invitation only’ event that has collected more toys than any other privately held event in St. Louis!”